Advisory Council

Tally Blumberg

Chief Program Officer, Open Space Institute

Tally Blumberg is the Chief Program Officer of the Open Space Institute (OSI), a national land conservation organization protecting lands of environmental, recreational, historic and agricultural significance.  Serving in several executive roles at OSI since 1996, […]


Tally Blumberg is the Chief Program Officer of the Open Space Institute (OSI), a national land conservation organization protecting lands of environmental, recreational, historic and agricultural significance.  Serving in several executive roles at OSI since 1996, Ms. Blumberg provides strategic oversight for the organization’s programmatic initiatives, including agricultural land protection throughout New York State. She serves as Trustee and Vice President of the American Littoral Society, a trustee of EarthShare New York, and is a member of the New York Advisory Board of the Land Trust Alliance.

 

 

Mary Cleaver

President and Founder, The Cleaver Co.

Mary Cleaver, President and Founder of The Cleaver Company, began catering 25 years ago, from her Tribeca kitchen, to a few select clients in the arts community and has grown to be the preeminent green catering […]


Mary Cleaver, President and Founder of The Cleaver Company, began catering 25 years ago, from her Tribeca kitchen, to a few select clients in the arts community and has grown to be the preeminent green catering company in New York City. In 2003, The Cleaver Company opened the critically acclaimed restaurant The Green Table, in Chelsea Market. The Cleaver Company and The Green Table successfully sit at the forefront of the organic and sustainable food movement. Before starting The Cleaver Company, Mary was a corporate chef at G.A.F. Corporation, the pastry chef at J.S. Vandam, a food stylist and a cooking teacher at The New School. Mary is co-author of The TriBeCa Cookbook, published by Ten Speed Press in 1995, and is a graduate of Bennington College. Mary also serves on the Board of LILA.

Karl duHoffman

Orchard Hill Cider

Karl duHoffmann co-founded Orchard Hill Cider at Soons Orchard in New Hampton, NY, in 2013, after using the farm’s apples for distilling brandy at Tuthilltown Spirits. A former actor, Karl brings over 20 years of experience in […]


Karl duHoffmann co-founded Orchard Hill Cider at Soons Orchard in New Hampton, NY, in 2013, after using the farm’s apples for distilling brandy at Tuthilltown Spirits. A former actor, Karl brings over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry to bear when speaking on distilled beverages. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of New York State’s first Cider Association, launched in 2016 to support producers of fermented cider and the New York cider making industry in its vital role as an economic engine for agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism.

Erin Fairbanks

Executive Director, Heritage Radio, Heritage Meats

Erin Fairbanks joined Heritage Radio Network as Executive Director in 2012 after earning a degree in Urban Policy Analysis at The New School for Public Engagement. She has a diverse background in food, farming and media. […]


Erin Fairbanks joined Heritage Radio Network as Executive Director in 2012 after earning a degree in Urban Policy Analysis at The New School for Public Engagement. She has a diverse background in food, farming and media. In addition to her current role at Heritage Radio, she also works for Heritage Foods USA, a distributor of heritage breed meat, where she launched “No Goat Left Behind,” a program to sell unwanted male dairy goats to restaurants in NYC. She also directed Farm Camp at Flying Pigs Farm, and has worked in renowned restaurants including Gramercy Tavern and Savoy.

Jennifer Grossman

President, FarmCo New York

With over 20 years of strategic environmental legal work in both the public and non-profit sectors, Jennifer is a conservation consultant working with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on a Regional Foodshed Initiative to forge […]


With over 20 years of strategic environmental legal work in both the public and non-profit sectors, Jennifer is a conservation consultant working with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on a Regional Foodshed Initiative to forge collaborative platforms between rural and urban communities and establish sustainable economic growth via local agriculture. She is the founder/president of FarmCo New York, a Catskill-based company creating economically-viable and environmentally-conscious family farm business ventures. Previously, for 11 years, Jennifer was Vice President for Land Acquisition of the Open Space Institute (OSI), overseeing a multimillion-dollar budget preserving more than 100,000 acres of critical natural New York landscapes through creative farmland and watershed protection strategies, partnerships with government and landowners, and alliances with academic institutions and NGO partners. From 1993 to 2000, Jennifer was a Senior Attorney at the Office of General Counsel for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, serving as lead counsel for the Lands & Forest Program and counseling on hazardous waste and pesticide matters. Jennifer sits on the boards of the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and the Watershed Agricultural Council. She holds a J.D from Boston University School of Law and a joint B.A. in English Literature & Rhetoric and Political Science from Binghamton University.

Evan Hanczor

Chef, Egg Restaurant

Evan Hanczor spent summers strawberry picking and cooking with his family in Florida, and went to college at Tulane, in its gastronomically rich New Orleans setting. He moved to New York City in 2009, nabbing a […]


Evan Hanczor spent summers strawberry picking and cooking with his family in Florida, and went to college at Tulane, in its gastronomically rich New Orleans setting. He moved to New York City in 2009, nabbing a spot at Brooklyn’s Egg, a notorious breakfast and lunch spot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In 2012, Egg owner George Weld and Hanczor opened Parrish Hall, whose Northeastern culinary expressions and sustainable infrastructure earned Hanczor a 2013 StarChefs.com Rising Star Sustainability Award. And while Parrish Hall closed, Hanczor returned to Egg with a richer repertoire and a continued focus on his team and community. Weld and Hanczor recently published a new cookbook, Breakfast: Recipes to Wake Up For, and, since 2007, the restauranteurs have been farming a 6-acre property in the Catskills called Goatfell Farm.

Elizabeth Higgins

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Extension Specialist with the Eastern New York Region Commercial Horticulture Program for Cornell Cooperative Extension, started working on sustainable agriculture policy as the second employee of the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition/MSAWG in […]


Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Extension Specialist with the Eastern New York Region Commercial Horticulture Program for Cornell Cooperative Extension, started working on sustainable agriculture policy as the second employee of the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition/MSAWG in Washington, DC, in the mid-1990s. Since then she has worked in Washington, DC, Louisiana and New York State on agriculture, nutrition, rural development, water resources, forestry and agriculture policy and programs at the local, regional and national level.  Higgins has long been concerned with how agriculture programs and policy affect the ability of smaller and moderate-scale agriculture and food businesses to be economically competitive.  An example would be her study with Rick Welsh and Tom Lyson on the impact that state cooperative bargaining laws have on prices received by apple growers in Food and the Mid-Level Farm, Renewing an Agriculture of the Middle (MIT Press, 2008).  She has an undergraduate degree in economics from Fairfield University, and a graduate degree in resource economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Christophe Hille

Senior Consultant, Karen Karp & Partners

Christophe is a Senior Consultant at Karen Karp & Partners with over 20 years of experience in a diverse sectors of the food industry. He has worked as a farm hand, picking and marketing fruits and […]


Christophe is a Senior Consultant at Karen Karp & Partners with over 20 years of experience in a diverse sectors of the food industry. He has worked as a farm hand, picking and marketing fruits and vegetables in northern Virginia; worked as a line cook in France, Italy and the U.S.; opened and helmed A16 Restaurant, a large pizzeria in San Francisco where he was executive chef; developed and opened Northern Spy, a farm-to-table restaurant in New York City, of which he was an owner-operator; and managed Fleishers, the nation’s leading whole-animal, locally sourced retail butchery. Christophe’s engagement with the business development and entrepreneurial side of food — through several trends, peaks, valleys and types of product — has given him valuable modeling, marketing and operational insight. Christophe has a Masters of Science in Food and Nutrition from New York University, where he had the opportunity to study in a renowned food studies and clinical nutrition department. Areas of focus included raw milk communities and politics, and a critical analysis of nutrition as a public science. Other non-entrepreneurial work has included board positions with Food Book Fair and Trinity’s Services and Food for the Homeless. Christophe holds degrees from Wesleyan University and the New England Culinary Institute.

Glenn Hoagland

Executive Director, Mohonk Preserve

Glenn Hoagland has been Executive Director of Mohonk Preserve since 1993, overseeing its 55-member staff and 350 volunteers, and 8000+ protected acres visited by 165,000 annually.  For 30 years Glenn has worked to save important landscapes […]


Glenn Hoagland has been Executive Director of Mohonk Preserve since 1993, overseeing its 55-member staff and 350 volunteers, and 8000+ protected acres visited by 165,000 annually.  For 30 years Glenn has worked to save important landscapes and advocate for their balanced use.  He was previously Land Preservation Director for Scenic Hudson, Executive Director of the Dutchess Land Conservancy, and Director of the Citizen Action Program of the Open Space Institute. Glenn received a BA in Geography from SUNY New Paltz in 1982 and a Masters in Rural Planning from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Among his many business, professional and community affiliations, he serves on the Board of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, the New York Advisory Board and the National Leadership Council of Land Trust Alliance and the Advisory Committee of Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator.

Robert LaValva

Founder & Director, New Amsterdam Market

Robert LaValva is the Founder and Director of New Amsterdam Market, a public market in New York City “dedicated to promoting our region’s agriculture and to building a new community of purveyors, whose common goal is […]


Robert LaValva is the Founder and Director of New Amsterdam Market, a public market in New York City “dedicated to promoting our region’s agriculture and to building a new community of purveyors, whose common goal is to pioneer environmentally and socially responsible food production.” He has previously worked as a planner for the City of New York and at Slow Food USA.

Lucy Marston

Field Vegetable & CSA Manager

Lucy Marston is the Field Vegetable and CSA Manager at Hawthorne Valley Farm (HVF), a 700-acre certified biodynamic farm in Ghent, NY.  She oversees growing for their 300-member CSA, weekly farmer’s markets and wholesale accounts.  Lucy […]


Lucy Marston is the Field Vegetable and CSA Manager at Hawthorne Valley Farm (HVF), a 700-acre certified biodynamic farm in Ghent, NY.  She oversees growing for their 300-member CSA, weekly farmer’s markets and wholesale accounts.  Lucy also manages the farm’s apprenticeship program, which enrolls between eight and ten trainees each year. Before joining HVF, Lucy worked in farm-based education, developing curriculum and working with urban/rural student partnership programs.

Kris Moon

Vice President, James Beard Foundation

Kris Moon is Vice President of the James Beard Foundation, a national culinary non-profit with the mission to celebrate, nurture and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. During his tenure at the Foundation, […]


Kris Moon is Vice President of the James Beard Foundation, a national culinary non-profit with the mission to celebrate, nurture and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. During his tenure at the Foundation, Moon has been instrumental in launching the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, which was piloted in 2012. He first joined the Foundation in 2007 as the Director of House Operations and House Events, a position in which he oversaw the daily operations of the historic James Beard House in Greenwich Village and the execution of the Foundation’s house events with featured chefs. After a year working with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research as Manager of Special Events, Moon returned to the Foundation in 2011 to assume the position of Director of Charitable Giving and Strategic Partnerships, overseeing the Foundation’s various fundraising initiatives. Moon has been featured in numerous publications on behalf of the Foundation and frequently speaks at culinary events and food conferences across America. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Boston University and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where he was certified as a holistic health counselor through AADP.

Josh Morgenthau

Owner & Operator, Fishkill Farms

Josh Morgenthau is the owner and operator of Fishkill Farms, a Hudson Valley family farm in operation since 1913. He produces eco-certified apples and orchard fruit, certified organic berries, vegetables and pastured poultry on 150 acres […]


Josh Morgenthau is the owner and operator of Fishkill Farms, a Hudson Valley family farm in operation since 1913. He produces eco-certified apples and orchard fruit, certified organic berries, vegetables and pastured poultry on 150 acres of land. Since 2008, Josh has overseen the farm’s expansion, putting 100 acres of land back into production, starting a 400-member CSA, attending five local farmer’s markets, and expanding the store and pick-your-own operations. In 2009, Josh and his family permanently conserved the 270-acre property with assistance from the state and Dutchess Land Conservancy. Before farming, Josh made paintings and wrote about art in New York City. He serves on the board of the the Hudson Valley Agricultural Research Laboratory and American Farmland Trust’s New York Council.

Dan Pullman

Managing Partner, Fresh Source Capital, LLC

Dan Pullman is a Managing Partner of Fresh Source Capital, LLC, a Boston-based sustainable food and agriculture investment firm focused on the Northeastern region of U.S. Dan complements his investing work with Board positions for organizations […]


Dan Pullman is a Managing Partner of Fresh Source Capital, LLC, a Boston-based sustainable food and agriculture investment firm focused on the Northeastern region of U.S. Dan complements his investing work with Board positions for organizations addressing vital issues around food, health and the environment. In addition to Glynwood, these include: Food and Environment Reporting Network, Civil Eats, The Carrot Project, Yale’s Sustainable Food Project and Food Tank. Dan is also founding member of Sprout Lenders, LLC, a micro-lending investment group focused on farmers, producers, and food system entrepreneurs serving the greater Boston area.

Steve Rosenberg

Senior Vice President, Scenic Hudson

As senior vice president of Scenic Hudson, Steve Rosenberg directs the organization’s programs to protect land, create parks and advocate for the region’s environmental health and quality of life. As executive director of the Scenic Hudson […]


As senior vice president of Scenic Hudson, Steve Rosenberg directs the organization’s programs to protect land, create parks and advocate for the region’s environmental health and quality of life. As executive director of the Scenic Hudson Land Trust, he has led the group in safeguarding tens of thousands of acres, creating dozens of parks, and transforming neglected urban waterfront sites into publicly beneficial uses. Mr. Rosenberg pioneered Scenic Hudson’s strategy to conserve the New York City / Hudson Valley Foodshed.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Land Trust Alliance.

June Russell

Manager of Farm Inspections and Strategic Development, GrowNYC, Greenmarkets

June Russell is the Manager of Farm Inspections and Strategic Development for Greenmarket, GrowNYC and has traveled extensively within the region to visit producer farms and production facilities. These experiences have given her the background and insight […]


June Russell is the Manager of Farm Inspections and Strategic Development for Greenmarket, GrowNYC and has traveled extensively within the region to visit producer farms and production facilities. These experiences have given her the background and insight to think strategically on behalf of growers and on re-building our local food system. In her recent work at GrowNYC June has spearheaded an initiative to facilitate grain production and processing in the Northeast.

Lindsey Shute

Executive Director, National Young Farmers Coalition, Hearty Roots Community Farm

Lindsey Shute is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition, which works to represent, mobilize and engage young farmers across the country to ensure their success. Lindsey is also a farmer in […]


Lindsey Shute is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition, which works to represent, mobilize and engage young farmers across the country to ensure their success. Lindsey is also a farmer in the Hudson Valley at Hearty Roots Community Farm, which she co-founded with her husband, Benjamin Shute — they were recipients of Glynwood’s 2013 Harvest Award. Lindsey addresses bringing young people back into farming in her TEDx talk, “Building a Future with Farmers.”

Eric Steinman

Editor, Edible Hudson Valley

Eric Steinman is the Editor of Edible Hudson Valley, the quarterly magazine that celebrates the local, seasonal foods of the Hudson Valley and Catskills. He has previously written for Bon Appetit and the Omega Institute for Holistic […]


Eric Steinman is the Editor of Edible Hudson Valley, the quarterly magazine that celebrates the local, seasonal foods of the Hudson Valley and Catskills. He has previously written for Bon Appetit and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies.

Chris Wayne

Director, FARMroots, GrowNYC

Chris came to GrowNYC in 2009 after two years of small-scale fruit and vegetable farming in Costa Rica, and a childhood on his dad’s farm in Danbury, CT. After a season as a Greenmarket manager, Chris joined […]


Chris came to GrowNYC in 2009 after two years of small-scale fruit and vegetable farming in Costa Rica, and a childhood on his dad’s farm in Danbury, CT. After a season as a Greenmarket manager, Chris joined the team of the New Farmer Development Project, where he helped to identify, educate, and support immigrant farmers to start environmentally and economically sustainable farms within 200 miles of NYC. In 2010, Chris stepped into the role of Beginning Farmer Coordinator, where he managed workshop, mentorship, business training and microloan programming for aspiring farmers. In his current capacity as FARMroots Director, Chris works to develop and manage technical assistance programming for both beginning farmers and established farmers who sell through the Greenmarket Program, with a specific focus on land transition, succession, and marketing projects.

Paul Willis

Founder, Niman Ranch Pork Company

Paul Willis is the founder and manager of the Niman Ranch Pork Company. Established in 1998 with Bill Niman, the farm was created to manifest their shared dedication to sustainable farming, strict animal husbandry standards, and […]


Paul Willis is the founder and manager of the Niman Ranch Pork Company. Established in 1998 with Bill Niman, the farm was created to manifest their shared dedication to sustainable farming, strict animal husbandry standards, and the belief that the humane treatment of animals results in better tasting meat. Paul is often interviewed and has been the subject of numerous feature-length articles in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

Paul served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Twenty-First Century Systems Agriculture and has worked with the Union of Concerned Scientists and other organizations on the effort to keep antibiotics working, often testifying at Congressional hearings. He is the Co-Founder of Food Democracy Now and serves on the Board of the Farm Veterans’ Coalition and the Global Animal Partnership.